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WTB: headlights with lenses in like-new condition

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BenWA, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. Oct 13, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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    BenWA

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    My stock headlight lenses are all scratched up and frosted-looking, so I'm looking for a pair of crisp, clear, new-looking lenses. I want to keep my headlight bodies -- I just want to replace the lenses with newer ones.

    I realize that I will almost certainly have to buy a whole set of headlights just to cannibalize the lenses, but if you have a pair that you are trying to get rid of for cheap that have lenses in like-new condition, let me know.

    Not looking to spend a lot, so if you have a set of badly-failed BHLM experiements-gone-wrong or something like that, where the headlight bodies are toast but the lenses are still in primo shape, that would be ideal.
     
  2. Oct 13, 2011 at 7:29 PM
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    You know, mine were pretty bad after a long season of too much work. You can buff them really good, and by really good I mean really really buff them, and then apply some clearcoat and they will most likely look new. Unless the plastic is broken, but that would be completely different.
     
  3. Oct 13, 2011 at 7:35 PM
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    Oops, I meant to post this in the 2nd Gen buy/sell/trade forum.

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  4. Oct 13, 2011 at 7:37 PM
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    Thanks, I might have to give this a try.
     
  5. Oct 21, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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    I have a set off a 2008, nice and clear, swapped em out for my black bezel ones. $60 for the pair plus whatever shipping is.
     
  7. Jan 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM
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    Do those headlight lens restoration kits that you can get at NAPA or O'Reilly work pretty well? I think they are like $30, just wonder if they are worth it.
     
  8. Jan 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM
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    dexterdog

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    You don't really need one of those kits. You can use different grits of wet/dry sandpaper and some polishing compound. I used 800,1200,1500 and finished off with 2000 grit then I polished with a PC 7424 and couple of different polishing compounds that I had laying around. Wax them afterwards.
     
  9. Jan 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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    The kits do work but definitely unnecessary. Unless your lights are really bad, polish alone should suffice. Like Dexter said, if they are scratched, sanding should take care of that too.

    I just polished mine this weekend while doing BHLM. They had gotten fairly cloudy along the top and you can see here how clear they came out after nothing more than a quick polish:

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  10. Feb 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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    hey do you still have those headlights for sale
     
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    MY QUESTION IS, WITH ALL THE HEADLIGHTS I SEE THAT GET CLOUDY IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING. I HAVE A 2015 DC TRD SPORT AND I AM VERY ANAL ABOUT IT'S CARE. I HAVE SEEN SOME WINDOW TINT PLACES THAT WILL PUT ON SOME 3M CLEAR VINYL PRODUCT CLAIMING THIS WILL KEEP THAT FROM HAPPENING. IS THIS FACT OR FICTION?
     
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    It would take you just as long to replace the lens as the whole unit because from what I have seen the lenses are epoxied to the unit. To rip through that then try to epoxy a new lens back in.... just get whole new lights. Especially if your truck is an 06. Would suck to go through all that work then they end up having electrical problems in a year and you have to replace everything anyways. Especially because they took on moisture because the new lens wasn't sealed on enough.
     
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